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A Quest of Strengths

Today, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to write about, and I decided StrengthsQuest and my results sounded like a good idea.

I like personality tests and things of the like. StrengthsQuest is one I had to take at a college prep day; plus, my college makes all freshmen take. It helps you find your strengths/talents and provides tips on how to use your strengths to achieve academic, career, and personal success. If you’re curious, it can be found here: www.strengthsquest.com.

After taking the assessment, you’re given you’re top five strengths.

Mine are:

  1. Belief
  2. Positivity
  3. Communication
  4. Futuristic
  5. Competition

How about some definitions? I’ll give you the brief version.

Belief- People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

Positivity- People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

Communication- People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Futuristic- People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

Competition- People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.

My first reaction: What?! The first two I understood and was really proud of. Futuristic took a moment to get used to, but then when I understood it, I understood myself a little better. Competition? I thought, Great, I’m one of those intense playing people.  Coupled with my positivity, I think my competitive behavior makes more sense. It is more like I have a strong drive if anything else. A healthy competitive, I’m sure 🙂

After we got our results, we got into small groups to discuss them. Ryan Eller was in my group and asked if there was a talent we didn’t expect or understand. It took me a second before I responded. I explained that I didn’t think communication would be one of mine. While I really wanted it to be, I knew that I tended to trip over words and mess up when explaining things. Ryan’s response was something like, “Well, you’re doing a great job of communicating now.” The group agreed. It was encouraging and an overall great experience.

I went away feeling very proud of my strengths; in fact, I have them memorized in order. I believe knowing you’re strengths and the strengths of your teammates can help you grow as a team and leader. I know it can help you in just about any interview; I’ve used it several times myself.

Final note to this rambling: I believe, you should always be looking for ways to understand yourself and grow. Know who you are.

Got any personality like quizzes or tests you like? Know your strengths? Let me know. 🙂

-Stephanie

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